Vice President for Advancement
Tommy Bonner has served as Vice President for Advancement since 2005. As a member of the senior staff, he oversees all aspects of the alumni relations, communications, and fund raising programs, board development and engagement, and principal gift fund raising.
He provided staff leadership for the $150 million Step Forward campaign that concluded in December 2011. The Step Forward campaign raised over $156 million and funded the Leonard Center, Markim Hall, Music and Arts Commons, Alumni House renovation, over $30 million for faculty support, and $38 million for need-based financial aid.
Prior to joining Macalester in 2005, he held various advancement positions over 14 years at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., including seven years as vice president. At Sewanee he played a principal role in organizing capital campaigns with goals of $180 million and $107 million. Sewanee’s annual fund doubled in gift income and achieved 50% alumni participation under his direction. Tommy began his advancement career at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1983 as a chapter representative in the alumni association.
A native of Mississippi, Tommy is married to Debbie Kenyon Bonner and has two adult daughters. His hobbies include travel, photography, fishing, and hiking.